When planning a trip or excursion for your den or pack, keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Make sure that all activities are age-appropriate. Especially for pack excursions, which include Scouts of various ages, make sure there's something that appeals to everyone.
- While it's OK to include some activities just for the fun of it, make sure the featured event of an excursion relates to the adventure theme.
- Refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting to ensure that all activities are conducted in a safe manner.
- Be sure to file the proper forms and permits. A tour plan is recommended whenever the den travels to a place other than its regular meeting place (even for short in-town trips) and an informed consent form (permission slip) should be signed by the parent or guardian of every Scout.
It is important that you plan in advance for where to go. Be prepared for safe and fun adventures by addressing all possible challenges, including:
- Arranging for the visit with the point of contact at your destination (if needed),
- Working with parents or guardians to arrange safe transportation,
- Ensuring that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and
- Making sure that the right equipment is available for the adventure.
A good plan also helps to organize safe and appropriate transportation to and from an outing, and it defines driver qualifications and minimum limits of insurance coverage for drivers and vehicles used to transport participants. A well-planned den outing will benefit everyone involved, providing an opportunity for Scouts and adults to acquire new interests and knowledge; develop a deeper understanding of and respect for other people; reinforce their attitudes of good citizenship, such as courtesy and kindness; and have fun.